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Story of Birdia Keglar, Adlena Hamlett gaining attention

From the Lancaster UAF This is a Mississippi story. On January 11 1966, a gold-toned Plymouth Fury carrying a group of voting-rights activists crashed on a stretch of road near the small town of Sidon in the west of the state. Two African-American women, Birdia Keglar and Adlena Hamlett, were killed on that day. That […]

Indictment in Jimmie Lee Jackson slaying

MARION, Ala. – A 73-year-old retired state trooper was indicted Wednesday in the 1965 shooting death of a black man — a killing that set in motion the historic civil rights protests in Selma and led to passage of the Voting Rights Act. District Attorney Michael Jackson said a grand jury returned an indictment in […]

Indictment in Jimmie Lee Jackson slaying

MARION, Ala. – A 73-year-old retired state trooper was indicted Wednesday in the 1965 shooting death of a black man — a killing that set in motion the historic civil rights protests in Selma and led to passage of the Voting Rights Act. District Attorney Michael Jackson said a grand jury returned an indictment in […]

Jimmy Lee Jackson Murder; DA Promises Grand Jury

Jimmy Lee Jackson Prosecutor vows to find justice in civil rights killing By Jerry MitchellGannett News Service The shooting death of a Vietnam veteran that sparked the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma will be the next civil rights-era crime to make it to a jury’s hands, an Alabama prosecutor vowed Friday. Speaking at a […]